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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Page: 6215


Mr ROBB (Goldstein) (09:19): I second the motion. This Treasurer is addicted to debt.

Opposition members: Hear, hear!

The DEPUTY SPEAKER ( Ms AE Burke ): The member for Goldstein will refer to the motion before the chair.

Mr ROBB: I am, Madam Deputy Speaker. 'Debt' is a dirty word for this government, a word never to be mentioned—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Goldstein will refer to the motion before the chair.

Mr ROBB: We need to suspend standing orders, Madam Deputy Speaker, because this government is ashamed and embarrassed with the cover-up that is taking place with this debt.

Mr Albanese: Madam Deputy Speaker, I raise a point of order. The member must argue why standing orders should be suspended. That is the motion that is before the chair and that is what the member for Goldstein must refer to.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The member for Goldstein must refer to the motion before the chair.

Mr ROBB: The reason that standing orders must be suspended, the very important reason that they must be suspended, is that this government knows that a proper debate about debt would expose the extent of its profligacy. The government has gagged debate. We have seen it again already. The way this government has gagged debate about debt exposes both its shame and its shamelessness. It is ashamed because it does not want the public to know and it is shameless because it does not care. It does not care about the dead weight of debt that this government is putting—

Mr Albanese: Madam Deputy Speaker, on a point of order: the member is going to the substance of the motion that he is attempting to suspend standing orders for. The member must stick to the suspension of standing orders that is before the chair.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The Leader of the House will resume his seat. The member for Goldstein has the call.

Mr ROBB: The need to suspend standing orders is quite clear when you look at the problem that we are addressing with this motion. This is a government quite incapable of living within its means. It is still borrowing $100 million a day and this is why—